Cruising

Cruising areas

Like many things in Holland cruising and having sex in public is officially not allowed, but in reality tolerated. So over the years a couple of areas have become known as places where men meet and have some fun. The last years there have hardly been reports on violence in these cruising areas, but you never know so watch out and play it safe!
UPDATE march 2017: on Friday night, March 3rd a man was stabbed at the Oosterpark, apparently when cruising. The police continues to investigate the case. Please be very careful when you plan to go cruising at the Oosterpark.

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Cruising in Amsterdam

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Vondelpark: 52.357190, 4.863639
Sarphatipark: 52.354995, 4.897875
Oosterpark: 52.360965, 4.921103
Oeverlanden - Nieuwe Meer: 52.336257, 4.824124
Zandvoort, nudist beach: 52.358652, 4.518008
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Oeverlanden / Nieuwe Meer

By far the most popular of all cruising places in or near Amsterdam. 'Nieuwe Meer' is the name of the lake, 'Oeverlanden' the name of the park area. In recent years, the cruising area has received attention from the general public, as the park became more popular. There were complaints about the cruising, and the local authorities decided to create a real, official, designated cruising area. The first official one that we know of.
There is a gas station close by, where you may buy something to drink or eat.
Swimming in the lake is possible.
The area is busier on sunny days than after dark. Cruising here after dark is not without risk, some incidents have been reported. In the area you may also find Scottish Highlanders, brown hairy cows that are completely harmless, and often used in Dutch park areas for grazing.
Recreation is 'clothes optional'!
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Oosterpark

Located in Amsterdam East. Cruising takes place after dark, not during the daytime.
There are reports of robbery and violence, so be very careful here!

UPDATE march 2017: on Friday night, March 3rd a man was stabbed at the Oosterpark, apparently when cruising. The police continues to investigate the case. Please be very careful when you plan to go cruising at the Oosterpark.
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Sarphatipark

Less well known is the Sarphati Park (in De Pijp neighbourhood, where the Albert Cuyp market is). The cruisy part is the corner of the Ceintuurbaan and the 1e Sweelinckstraat. It is not a very popular cruising area, so expect to go home without having met anyone. Cruising is later at night.
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Vondelpark, Rose Garden

The most well known cruising area nearby the centre is in the Vondelpark. When you walk into the park from the city centre it is on the right side of the park, at the end in an area known as the Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is also a gay area on sunny days.
Cruising is after dark, on nice summer days there might be something going on during the daytime as well.
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Zandvoort, nudist beach

The nudist beach of Zandvoort is located on the south side of this city: some 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam and then a good half hour walk (south) to the offical nudist beach. You’ll find lots of gay Amsterdam men enjoying summer on this beach. The dunes at this beach are known to be a cruising area, but not as popular as years ago. Mind you, this is not a part of the nudist beach and the police will (from time to time) make sure that everybody is sufficiently dressed and not too busy.
Cruising is only in the daytime.

Cruising, the traditional way

In the centre of Amsterdam you see a lot of green metal structures in the shape of a round, open little houses. These are the traditional public urinals, which used to be the cruising areas in the old days. The last urinal to be reported as ‘in use’ was the one on the corner of the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat and Keizersgracht. This is a ‘double’ urinal, with two compartments. It has been discussed in the Amsterdam City Council, as there were plans to remove it. The Gay Movement (COC) explained in the council that anonymous sex took place here, and that this was an important function for gays still in the closet. The double urinal was consequently not removed.
We’re not exactly sure if something is still going on there, though. If you think there is, please let us know!

Amsterdam public urinal
This is a typical Amsterdam public urinal, a green metal structure.